Approved: 16.08.2006

Andrea Kim Valdez

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Event organiser

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am a sculptor and a founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios for the past ten years. I am now taking an organisational back seat and concentrating on my own work whilst focusing my curating interests and skills on a new exhibiting project, Front Room Art. 

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Events management, Web development
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: crouch end open studios, sculpture, amazonas, ecos de la selva, warbaby, acrylic sculpture, environment, Front Room Art, the unknown artist
 
 
 

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      I am a sculptor and a founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios for the past ten years. I am now taking an organisational back seat and concentrating on my own work whilst focusing my curating interests and skills on a new exhibiting project, Front Room Art. 

      My sculpture is varied in both materials and concept, ranging from installation, commissioned outdoor works, to smaller ceramic or wooden works, usually of a semi-abstract nature.

      Recent work explores the use of Fluorescent Acrylic sheet as an expressive material.

      I also draw extensively and have used original drawings and photographs to create on an iPad  ‘Las Amazonas’, a series of layered images available as digital prints.

      I write and tweet regularly about art under the pseudonym of ‘The Unknown Artist’  - an identity I assumed after making a full size acrylic sheet sculpture of Albert Turpin, an artist well known the 1930’s as an artist of the ‘East London Group’ whose work disappeared from history until resurrected by the recent book ’ From Bow to Biennale’ by David Buckman.

      The following articles can be read at this link – Artlyst blogs
      ‘Vivre Le Lieu’ – sculpture at the village of Ozenay, France
      Michael Craig Martin must be reading my blog! Sculpture at the RA Summer Exhibition.
      Juan Uslé and Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
      Art, Science or Boyle Family? ….and Anaïs Tondeur, Nuuk Island, 2014 . A trip to the Jerwood gallery at Hastings
      Dumas and Kiefer- Reflections on their work following their London exhibitions
      Subterranean Sculpture Shock – Lynn Dennison at The Rotherhithe Shaft
      Rain, Hail, Snow- adventures in ‘ddr limited’ Central Berlin
      Three Days in Valencia: Picasso watching Television.
      Three Days in Valencia: IVAM- El Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno-
      Three days in Valencia: A surprise at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
      The Three M’s – Mortality, Motivation and Meaning in the life of an Artist
      Not just for Christmas- the economics of the artist
      ‘The Importance of a Title’- a visit to the UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate

      Earlier articles can be found on the Facebook notes of The Unknown Artist including the series on ‘The Unknown Artist investigates the Restorative Powers of Art at the Seaside’

       

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training 1991 - Diploma in Sculpture , Sir John Cass School of Art, Aldgate london Solo exhibitions 2013 - Wilderness, NorthandSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate High Street 2011 - Ecos de la Selva, Sandringham Gardens , london 2010 - Birth of the Innocents, Hornsey War Memorial, London 2009 - Drawing the dance 'Moving Visions' in St Pauls Cathedral, Crouch End Open Studios, My Studio 2008 - Drawings of the Moving Figure, Crouch End Open Studios, My studio 2005 - Open Studio, Crouch End Open Studios 2005, My studio 1998 - Open Studio Exhibition, Haringley Arts Council, London Group exhibitions 2013 - Worcester Open 2013, W-CA, Worcester 2011 - Art House, LJCC, Ivy House, London 2011 - Discerning Eye, ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries London 2010 - Giving Art, Gaining Health, Paintings in Hospitals, Hornsey Health Centre 2009 - Contemporary British Art, The Millinery Works Gallery, 85/87 Southgate Road, London, N1 3JS 2009 - Twenty One, Original Gallery, London 2008 - Drawntogether, Artists from the Prince's Drawing School, 28 Redchurch St, london, E2 7DP 2008 - Hornsey Town Hall Art Show 2008, Selected Sculpture Exhibition curated by CEOS, Hornsey Town Hall 2007 - Small is Beautiful, Royal Academy Schools Gallery, London 2006 - Crouch End Open Studios, My Studio, London, Crouch End 2006 - Group Exhibition, Crouch End Open Studios, Original Gallery, Hornsey 2005 - Crouch End Open Studios Inaugural Show, CEOS at John Jones Gallery, John Jones Gallery, Finsbury Park 1998 - Art Select, Battersea Arts Centre 1998 - Millfield Summer Show and Open Exhibition, Millfield 1997 - Gillingham Open 1997 - Jelly Legg'd Chicken Gallery, Reading Private commissions 2005 - Ceramic Fountain for a Roof Garden, Private residence, St Johns Wood London Projects 2008 - Drawing the Cathedral Dance at St Pauls Cathedral, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, St Pauls Cathedral 2000 - Sculpture Residency, John Beasley, Sculptor, Far north Queensland, Australia Competitions, prizes and awards 1991 - 1st Prize in Sculpture Class for the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, Sir John Cass School of Art, Aldgate London 1991 - Owen Rowley Memorial Prize for the best work or works in the Final Year show., Sir John Cass School of Art, Aldgate London Site specific 2011 - Ecos de la Selva, Crouch End Open Studios, Crouch End Other 2010 - Crouch End Open Studios 2010, Crouch End Open studios, London